The New Forest

Covering more than 560 square kilometres, this spectacular area of natural beauty was once William the Conqueror’s royal hunting ground.

Wild ponies and genteel villages

Although the New Forest was only made a national park in 2005, its ancient forests and rugged moors have been home to a variety of wildlife for centuries. On any given day you can expect to see wild ponies, deer and free-roaming cattle.

But there’s plenty of man-made beauties to see here, too. One of the most imposing is Highcliffe Castle. Perched on the Dorset cliffs, it is an early 19-century mansion that gazes across the English Channel.

New Forest caravan parks make the perfect base for a staycation.